October 24, 2021
You are called to help liberate humanity from evil, and transform it in holiness. How do you, as a baptized Christian, share in the priesthood of Jesus, our great High Priest?
- Jesus, the Good Shepherd and great High Priest, calls His Church to participate in His priesthood through the ministerial priesthood and the common priesthood of all baptized men and women.
- Jesus is calling us to this priesthood even though we are sinners. We are chosen, though sinners, to be serving sinners to help save souls.
- It is God’s calling and God’s action that we become priest through His appointment, consecration, anointing in baptism and confirmation. It is not just our decision.
- Our role is to be a mediator between God and men and to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins for the salvation of souls.
- At offertory Mass, we are called to exercise our priesthood by bringing all that is painful, hard, all the ways Satan is trying to crush and destroy us, along with our daily prayers, daily labors and apostolic endeavors and offer it to God with Jesus.
Jesus is the Great High Priest, the perfect high priest, but He calls His Church to participate in His priesthood to share in His priestly mission.
One way is the ministerial priesthood, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and which has three different degrees bishops, priests, and deacons. But we are called to another priesthood, the common priesthood of all the faithful, the royal priesthood, for all the Baptized men and women, young and old, all of us who are Baptized, have been called to this priesthood. Jesus calls us, even though we are sinners, we have received His mercy.
You are called to bring to the Offertory at Mass, all your prayers, your apostolic endeavors, your ordinary married and family life, with its ups and downs, your daily labor, your mental and physical relaxation, if carried out in the Holy Spirit. All that is done in the Holy Spirit can be offered to the Lord, and especially the hardships, the sacrifices, the pains, the humiliations.